GOP Pledge to Post Bills 72 Hours Before Voting Was Kept in ‘Spirit,’ Issa Says

August 2, 2011 - 8:14 AM

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)

Washington (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says voting on the debt-ceiling legislation the same day the bill was posted online does not violate the “spirit” of the 2010 GOP Pledge to America to publish legislation on the Internet at least 72 hours before it comes to a vote. 

“If this (bill) has a super-majority, if it has the president’s buy-in, if we’ve all known and been involved in seeing it worked out over the 72 hours, then the spirit of the 72 hours was kept,” Issa told CNSNews.com.

Issa also mentioned the Aug. 2 “default” deadline proclaimed by President Obama, noting the deadline could not be met if the bill were to be posted for 72 hours before a vote. “You can’t have 72 hours and not bust the Aug. 2 deadline. So I don’t think anyone in America thinks we are failing to keep the spirit and the reality of the situation.” 

The Budget Control Act of 2011 was posted on the House Rules Committee Web site early Monday morning after lawmakers and the White House reached a deal on raising the debt-limit late Sunday.

Under the sub-section “Read the Bill,” the 2010 Republican Pledge to America states, “We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public. Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on.”

That section of the Republican pledge stemmed from anger over the huge health care “reform” bill, which Democrats rushed to a vote before lawmakers and the public had a chance to read it.

As Nancy Pelosi famously said in March 2009, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”